Born: 22 Oct 1780, St. Germain-sur-Ecole, Seine-et-Marne, son of Jean Rene Rion & Marie Amie Durel
Married: 2 Sep 1807, Paris, to Adelaide Josephine Bourg
Died: 14 May 1848, Paris
The other mark is that of demoiselle Francoise Nicolas (Arminjon I, no. 02741; mark “Nicolas” with “F” in parentheses, with device of the sun in splendor). She was listed as a spoonmaker, 89 rue Quincampoix, her mark registered 5 Mar 1833, cancelled 3 May 1844.
I have not been able to find any additional information on her, though she was undoubtedly the successor of Francois Nicolas, a spoonmaker working 25 Feb 1828 – 5 Mar 1833 at 14 rue Platre-Ste. Avoye, whose mark was “F. Nicolas” with the same device. (Arminjon I, no. 01206). “Demoiselle” would suggest that she was his daughter rather than his widow.
Given that Nicolas’ specialty and that her mark appears over Rion’s, I assume that Rion is the maker and Nicolas a retailer or re-seller. (Note, too, that while Arminjon does show two variant marks for Rion, it is not clear precisely when it changed, as he registered five marks over the years - 1807, 1824, 1830, 1832, and 1835) and Arminjon does not indicate which design corresponded to which registration.)